Your oral health offers clues about your overall health. Studies suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontal (gum) disease might play a role in some diseases.
According to the Mayo Clinic, possible conditions associated with your oral health include:
- Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
- Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
- Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
Conditions that might affect your oral health, include:
- Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, and that regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.
- Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.
Contact Dr. Thor as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.
Source: Mayo Clinic, Oral health: A window to your overall health, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475